When I Said I Wanted Critique: Feel That Author Pain

The stages of accepting constructive criticism, as told through gifs. We all can agree that beta reading is crucial to the success of a story. Having other eyeballs touch your story, pre-publication, is one of the necessary steps a book goes through. Whether it’s a kind friend who volunteers, a writing group, or a professionalContinue reading “When I Said I Wanted Critique: Feel That Author Pain”

The Insecure Writer’s Support Group And Writing Slumps

The Insecure Writer’s Support Group is the online place to discuss your struggles and triumphs. Offer a word of encouragement for others who are struggling. Visit others in the group and connect with your fellow writers – aim for a dozen new people each time – and return comments. Our Twitter handle is @TheIWSG and hashtagContinue reading “The Insecure Writer’s Support Group And Writing Slumps”

Where to Submit Short Stories for Your Author Toolbox

This is the final Author Toolbox post for 2020 because we take November and December off (HOLIDAYS!). But don’t worry, you haven’t missed us. You can always sign up on Raimey Gallant’s website and catch us when we start posting again in January, 2021. For the last Author Toolbox post of 2020 I’d like toContinue reading “Where to Submit Short Stories for Your Author Toolbox”

Whose Line is it Anyway? Mixing Dialogue and Action Tags for Your Author Toolbox

Dialogue Tags vs. Action Beats: The Great Showdown

Guest Post: Keep Writing With Fey!

Catch the sparks you need to conquer writer’s block, depression, and burnout! When Chrys Fey shared her story about depression and burnout, it struck a chord with other writers. That put into perspective for her how desperate writers are to hear they aren’t alone. Many creative types experience these challenges, battling to recover. Let KeepContinue reading “Guest Post: Keep Writing With Fey!”

10 Reasons Writers Are Definitely Creatures of the Night; Author Toolbox Post

We function best with comfy, secluded, darkened spaces. In a house, there was a writing cave. Inside that writing cave, there was a desk. At that desk, there was an author and an empty notebook. Under that desk, there was a blanket fort, and in that blanket fort there was . . . a writer’sContinue reading “10 Reasons Writers Are Definitely Creatures of the Night; Author Toolbox Post”

Which Came First? The Plot, or the Characters?

This is a perennial question authors get asked, and it’s just as unanswerable as the chicken and egg conundrum. Look, let’s be brutally honest here. Authors as a whole live in a half-unreal world with their heads feeling cloudy ALL THE TIME. Fictional people fill our brains with ghostly conversations. Interesting, exciting scenes play outContinue reading “Which Came First? The Plot, or the Characters?”